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shift work causing flares?
#1
I just started a job at the start of December. It has me doing shift work starting at 10 at night. I have never been a fan of shifts but I really need money so I took this job.

After my first few nights I started getting a flare. I have had it eveer since. Is this coincidence or could shifts be causing this flare? I am on my fourth shift rotation with no end in site to the pain. I don't want to quit the job just after starting but this is my first flare in more than a year. Help?!?

#2
Happy New Year. I am sorry you are suffering...

In my opinion, the flare might not be the shifts directly but the disruption of your sleep schedule. Stress can lead to a flare and any sleep problems could be causing some problems. It is not a direct link in all cases so it is hard to say for certain.

#3
Sorry I should have been clearer. I meant everything that had to do with working shifts. I have been having trouble sleeping so the body is probably way stressed. I really need this job but the pain is awful.

#4
You may want to look into sleep aids for a short time while you figure out how best to get good sleep with your shift work. Some type of sleeping pills should be available from your doctor.

#5
I talked to some coworkers and most of them have sleep problems. They mentioned some sleeping pills they take. At least I have some idea on what to try.

#6
Your doctor will probably only give you a short term prescription so you'll either have to ration them or learn how best to get good sleep despite the shifts.

#7
(2012-01-06 08:17 PM)dougL Wrote: I talked to some coworkers and most of them have sleep problems. They mentioned some sleeping pills they take. At least I have some idea on what to try.
My doctor gives me amitryptiline to help me to sleep when I have a bad flare. It also acts as a muscle relaxant, so it will help with the pain. Ask about it. Take it at least two hours before you go to bed, though - otherwise you will feel drowsy the next day, particularly when you first start to take it.

Another idea is to put on a relaxation tape when you go to bed. Use one with a voice-over, so you learn the correct techniques. The pain is bad because the body repairs itself and settles down any inflammation as you sleep. If you
re not getting restful sleep, it
s unable to do that.

#8
I'll ask about the muscle relaxer. That would be super if it helped. I am still flaring but its a bit less. I still feel exhausted so have to try something.

Thanks




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